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Nearly 900 Districts Set to Compete for New Race to Top

Nearly 900 Districts Set to Compete for New Race to Top | SLCEDU | Scoop.it
Michele McNeil covered education and state government in Indiana for a decade before joining Education Week as a state policy reporter in June 2006.
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Let's Make Education Big Business, With Profit, Loss And High Pay For Top Performers - Forbes

Let's Make Education Big Business, With Profit, Loss And High Pay For Top Performers - Forbes | SLCEDU | Scoop.it
The U.S. education system is divorced from the usual factors that make our competitive free market system work.

 

When you see that Americans spend more than $1.1 trillion on education—that’s 7.8 percent of GDP—it’s tempting to call education “big business.” Except that it’s not really: 80 percent of that spending is controlled by government and spent on public schools and universities. That means that it’s divorced from the usual factors that make our competitive free market system work.

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eScholar Gains Competitive Edge and Empowers Educators by Licensing Ed-Fi™

eScholar Gains Competitive Edge and Empowers Educators by Licensing Ed-Fi™ | SLCEDU | Scoop.it

The Ed-Fi Tool Suite is the only free, flexible and complete ed-tech solution to empower educators with relevant, timely, student-centric information that enables better data collection and reporting to improve decision making, facilitate targeted action plans and drive improved student outcomes.

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EdTech Primer wiki

EdTech Primer wiki | SLCEDU | Scoop.it

This is the wiki for The EdTech Primer, a project which aims to create a short guide to the latest research in teaching and learning for people creating educational technology. The wiki exists to collect and discuss the articles in the Primer.
If you have been invited to contribute, please visit the For Contributors page for help and guidance on what and how to write.
We have a long List of Articles, some ready for review, some in progress and some which have not yet been claimed by contributors.
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Video Games for Learning

Video Games for Learning | SLCEDU | Scoop.it

You can't throw an angry bird these days without hitting someone talking about video games in education. The interwebs are buzzing about the possibilities and potential downsides. Check out this playlist of videos about games for learning -- more resources at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-video-game-based-­learning

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Eight brief points about “merit pay” for teachers | Daniel Pink

Eight brief points about “merit pay” for teachers | Daniel Pink | SLCEDU | Scoop.it

In today’s Washington Post is another story about “merit pay” for teachers. But this one, by national education correspondent Lyndsey Layton, spends some space on my own thoughts on the topic.

 

For those new to the issue, or coming to the Pink Blog from Tweets about the article, let me summarize my views as succinctly as I can:

 

1. Some rewards backfire.

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Envisioning the future of technology in education

Envisioning the future of technology in education | SLCEDU | Scoop.it

This visualization attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades. Despite its inherently speculative nature, the driving trends behind the technologies can already be observed, meaning it's a matter of time before these scenarios start panning out in learning environments around the world.

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Hechinger Report | Q&A with Heather O’Mara: Teacher-student relationship remains vital in online learning

Hechinger Report | Q&A with Heather O’Mara: Teacher-student relationship remains vital in online learning | SLCEDU | Scoop.it

Colorado has it all: fully online schools where teachers teach from the comfort of their own homes, blended models where students take some of their classes online but still report to a building, and traditional brick-and-mortar schools. And while some form of technology has always been present in classrooms, it now has the ability to revolutionize the way we think about school. Central to schooling are, of course, teachers—who find themselves directly affected by technology, as more classes move online and as the tools available to them alter their interactions with students, parents and administrators. The rise of technology, many worry, will diminish the role of teachers in the future.

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Education API Directory | Noodle Education

Education API Directory | Noodle Education | SLCEDU | Scoop.it
Why are APIs Important for the Education Industry?

API’s are incredibly valuable for education. Being able to share data about student progress levels, education resources, and classroom ideas allows everyone to learn more — whether it’s a teacher sharing instructional videos with her classroom or a branch of government trying to allocate funds for its education budget.

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Public education — re-thought like a startup — by a 15-year-old. | Jackson Blogs The Web

Public education — re-thought like a startup — by a 15-year-old. | Jackson Blogs The Web | SLCEDU | Scoop.it

Some statistics.

The most recent and thorough report on the status of American education comes from an early 2012 study done by the Council on Foreign Relations. According to the study, more than 25% of American high school students do not graduate in the standard 4 years. A mere 22% of high school students completed the ACT test with "college-ready" standards. In addition, 75% of U.S. citizens can't pass military entrance exams. Despite all of the above statistics, the graduation rate and GPA of American high school students is on a gradual increase. Students are taking tougher classes packed with more students and lower payed teachers, learning less than they did two decades ago, and graduating more often and with higher GPAs.

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